Asylum seekers and refugees get a tour of Cardiff City Hall

On Thursday 9 March, a group of asylum seekers and refugees visited Cardiff City Hall. This was an opportunity for them to raise their concerns to local decision-makers. Huw Thomas, the Leader of the Council, and Julie Sangani, a cabinet member, sat down to listen to asylum seekers and refugees. Among other subjects, we spoke about the difficulties in accessing social and private housing and trouble registering children in schools.  

The Council representatives committed to Cardiff being a city of sanctuary and highlighted its proud history of migration. They acknowledged some of the challenges faced and welcomed the opportunity to hear directly from asylum seekers and refugees. They also said they looked forward to future collaboration with us at Welsh Refugee Council.  

To finish off the event, Huw Thomas led a tour of Cardiff City Hall. The asylum seekers and refugees were impressed by the interior of the Edwardian Baroque style building. They used the opportunity to take pictures in the Council Chamber and admire the statues in the Marble Hall.